Georgetown's Mac McClung Enters Transfer Portal After Withdrawing from NBA Draft

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2020

Georgetown's Mac McClung plays during an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Georgetown guard Mac McClung will withdraw from the 2020 NBA draft but will also enter the transfer portal, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN.

"It was a number of different events that made me feel I had no choice but to transfer from Georgetown," McClung said. "I really wanted to stay, but things throughout my career made me realize that I couldn't.

"I'm looking for a place I can call home. A place I can be a part of a family and help them succeed."

The sophomore averaged 15.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 2019-20, but a foot injury limited him to just 21 appearances. 

McClung declared for the NBA draft after the season, but his coach, Patrick Ewing, claimed he was set to return for his junior year:

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"Mac McClung and Jamorko Pickett decided to test the waters and they told me that both of them will be coming back," Ewing said.

However, agent Daniel Hazan clarified afterward that "Mac has not given anyone at the school such indications," via Ben Standig of The Athletic.

"The podcast with Andy Katz was not the deciding factor to my decision to transfer," McClung said. "I think it affected my predraft process and seemed to confuse a lot of teams."

The 6'2" player will now become one of the most sought-after transfers on the market after proving to be a dangerous scorer throughout his two years at Georgetown. He scored at least 20 points in seven different games last season with a high of 33 against Oklahoma State.

Though his efficiency has been an issue, he improved his three-point shooting from 27.7 percent as a freshman to 32.3 last year. With his impressive athleticism, McClung possesses a lot of upside for whichever team he plays for next.